BLACKBURN residents can have their say on a decision by Our Lady and St John Catholic College to close its sixth form.

The £6.7million centre which was opened five years ago could be set to close after the school’s interim executive board agreed to publish statutory proposals for the centre to shut.


The first consultation process was opened in November last year and was closed on Friday, January 16, and included a consultation event at the college attended by parents and staff.

Following the publication of the statutory proposal there is a four-week period for submission of comments on the proposal.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 21.

At the end of the representation period the statutory proposals will be considered by the Blackburn with Darwen Council. A decision is expected in June.

A spokesman for the school said: “The proposal will have no effect on our current years 12 and 13 students.”

The school made the original decision to open the first consultation when it only had 19 students on its roll our of a potential 150.

It currently houses facilities for all the school’s pupils for lessons in IT, art, food technology and media studies.

To submit comments on the proposal e-mail